Whisby Nature Park

Neil Roberts

Dogs permitted
Access for wheelchairs
Toilets available

Whisby Nature Park

Whisby Nature Park is a beautiful landscape near Lincoln, full of wildlife, walks and trails. Once barren and lifeless, this amazing place now abounds with wildlife. The park was created by quarrying for sand and gravel, but nature has reclaimed the pits and bare sand, creating habitats for many species.

What’s on

Visitor information

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Know before you go


  • Education Centre
  • 'The Barn' - bird observation and information

Natural World Centre

  • Cafe
  • Shop
  • Children's indoor and outdoor adventure play
  • Toilets
  • Disabled toilets
  • Baby changing facilities


Dogs are permitted on a short lead.
Dogs can be walked off lead around Thorpe Lake only.


Footpaths are level, the majority are hard surfaced though may be muddy in places.

No cycling

Opening times

Reserve open all year. Please note, the car park gate is closed at dusk.

Natural World Centre is open summer (April to Spetember) 9.30am - 5pm and winter (October to March) 9.30am - 4.30pm.

The Barn is run by volunteers and is usually open Sundays and Mondays from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

The Education Centre is open for special events and group visits. Find out more below.

Natural World Centre

The Natural World Centre is open summer (April to Spetember) 9.30am - 5pm and winter (October to March) 9.30am - 4.30pm.

The centre is fully accessible on both floors, with toilet facilities (open from 9am) and refreshments available to purchase in the Boardwalk Bistro from 9.30am.

The centre also offers exciting indoor and outdoor adventure play areas for children from approximately aged three and upwards. These adventure areas are completely free for all the family to enjoy.

For more information, visit the Natural World Centre website.

The Natural World Centre is separately managed by Lincs Inspire on behalf on North Kesteven District Council.

Group visits

Any organised groups wishing to visit a reserve must fill in a Group Visit Form at least one month in advance of their visit. You can find the form on our group visit page.

Alternatively if you are looking to bring a school group, visit our Education Centre page for information.

Car park

There is a car parking charge of £2 from March to October and £1 from November to February. You can also purchase an annual parking pass for £80, available from the Natural World Centre. This car park is operated by North Kesteven District Council. Income from the parking charge supports the work across the site.

Disabled parking can be found at the top of the car park in front of the Natural World Centre.

Location and contact details

Whisby Nature Park
Moor Lane

OS Map Reference: SK 911 661

Education enquiries:
01522 696926

Natural World Centre and cafe:
01522 688868

Reserve enquiries:
01522 500676

Educational services


Whisby Education Centre has been carefully designed to balance countryside recreation, nature conservation and environmental education, hosting a wide range of activities from pond dipping to orienteering.

The Education Centre is able to cater for school visits and away days as well as offering room hire for private events and fun and educational activities for the whole family.

Find out more

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Habitats and species

The lakes at Whisby Nature Park are surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub and willow carr. Elements of the original quarry landscape remain, with fragments of heathland, old hedgerows and a small oak woodland.

In spring and summer, flocks of tits and finches are joined by warblers. The lakes attract feeding sand martins and swallows, and terns nest on the islands. Chiffchaffs along with reed and sedge warblers can be heard. Whisby Nature Park has also become synonymous with nightingales.

Autumn brings the first sight of winter birds such as goldcrests, redpolls and grey wagtails. In winter, the water levels are at their highest and wildfowl are numerous. The cold weather also brings with it huge murmurations of starlings in their thousands, swarming and twisting across the misty lakes.

Walks and trails

There are six waymarked trails to choose from at Whisby Nature Park ranging from 1.2 to 3 miles. Paths are level and in many places have a hard surface of compacted limestone. When visiting, please keep to the paths as some areas are potential dangerous, particularly the deep water and disused washing channels. 

Click below to download your trail map, or go to our events page for details of guided walks and other activities.

Wild Weekends


Whisby Nature Park is a stepping stone away from the city of Lincoln where you can find an abundance of arts and heritage, more reserves to explore and great attractions for the kids.

Why not turn your visit wild, and make a weekend of it!


Tom Marshall

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